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• ‘We want to keep the dopers away from Rio,’ says Thomas Bach
Twenty-three athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games from five different sports and of six different nationalities returned adverse analytical findings on doping tests after samples were reanalysed, the International Olympic Committee has said.
“These reanalyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping,” said the IOC president Thomas Bach. “We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now. I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all the decisions on behalf of the IOC.”Continue reading...
José Mourinho is seen as a route to title but 128 years of history are against him | Jonathan Wilson
Who are the greatest managers in English football? Let’s for the sake of ease look at any manager who has won two or more league titles since the second world war. There are 15 and, while cases could be made for the likes of Bill Nicholson, Alf Ramsey, Ron Greenwood and Bobby Robson, it seems a reasonable starting point. They are: Matt Busby, Harry Catterick, Brian Clough, Stan Cullis, Kenny Dalglish, Alex Ferguson, George Graham, Bob Jackson, Howard Kendall, José Mourinho, Bob Paisley, Don Revie, Bill Shankly, Arsène Wenger and Tom Whittaker.Continue reading...
The tournament kicks off in the US next week. But it was the 1995 edition that helped lay the foundations of a new era in American soccer
When you have Diego Simeone’s attention, you know about it. “We were warming up in the tunnel, and Simeone was cursing us out and calling us all kinds of names,” Eric Wynalda says, as he recounts the day USA took on Argentina at the 1995 Copa América. “I said to Claudio [Reyna] at one point: ‘This guy does know we speak Spanish, right?’”
The pair were staring each other down before a meeting that summer in Uruguay. Argentina had comfortably qualified for the quarter-finals after wins in both their opening games. Meanwhile, the United States knew that they would have to match or better Bolivia’s result against Chile to advance. “Simeone and I got into a pushing fight in the tunnel before the game,” Wyanlda says. “I pushed him up against the wall, and I told him I was going to smash his face in, and I’m sure he told me something similar. I think that was my way of saying: we’re not backing down from you guys, and we’re not afraid.”Continue reading...
• France coach’s lawyer describes statements as ‘slanderous and defamatory’
Didier Deschamps will file a legal complaint against Eric Cantona after his former France team-mate controversially suggested the squad selection for Euro 2016 may have been racially motivated, Deschamps’ lawyer said on Friday.Continue reading...
- Live updates from the third-round match at Roland Garros
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- Murray relies on family ties to soothe difficult French Open start
While we wait for Murray and Karlovic, the match before them on Suzanne-Lenglen is something of a humdinger. Naomi Osaka is the rank outsider against Simona Halep but she took the first set off the sixth seed and they’re into a third and still on serve.
No player has been in better form on clay than Andy Murray in the past 12 months, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and the sorely missed Roger Federer. On a surface he used to view with suspicion that bordered on despair rather than contempt, Murray used to move as smoothly as a Manchester United managerial appointment. But he has found his feet on the dirt, winning titles in Munich, Madrid and Rome, beating Nadal and Djokovic, securing the Davis Cup for Great Britain by defeating Belgium on the clay almost single-handedly (he had some help from big brother Jamie in the doubles).
All of which meant that he arrived in Paris strongly favoured to win the French Open for the first time, the second favourite behind Djokovic. You can make excellent arguments for defending champion Stan Wawrinka and nine-time champion Nadal as well but Murray’s recent form on clay cannot be ignored.
• ‘After careful consideration, the board have taken [a] difficult decision’
The Championship side Reading have sacked Brian McDermott as their manager for the second time.
The 54-year-old took the Berkshire club into the Premier League during his first stint in charge, but was axed in March 2013 with the team stuck in the relegation zone. Reading appointed Nigel Adkins as McDermott’s replacement, but he was unable to prevent an immediate return to the second tier. Steve Clarke replaced Adkins in December 2014, but was sacked after just under a year in charge, prompting McDermott’s return on 17 December.Continue reading...
• Harrison replaces the rested Chris Robshaw at Twickenham
• Jack Clifford wins first start at No8, James Haskell at openside
England will give Teimana Harrison his debut in Sunday’s Test against Wales at Twickenham after selecting the New Zealand-born back-row in place of Chris Robshaw.
Harrison is picked at blindside flanker in a straight swap for Robshaw, who is also omitted from the bench after being rested by the head coach, Eddie Jones, in advance of next month’s tour to Australia.Continue reading...
• The first world title for Adams after three consecutive silver medals
Nicola Adams has been crowned world champion for the first time after a split decision win over Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in Kazakhstan.
Victory for the 33-year-old secures the one major title that had eluded her after picking up three consecutive silver medals in 2008, 2010 and 2012.Continue reading...
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, speaking in Hong Kong on Friday, says he is ready to return to domestic cricket after a year away. Clarke retired from international cricket in 2015 following a poor Ashes performance against England. Clarke says he feels motivated ahead of his comeback at the Hong Kong T20 Blitz at the weekendContinue reading...
- Live updates from day one at Chester-le-Street
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- Woakes handed golden chance to finally prove he is England class
Speaking of county cricket, this will please the beleaguered Nottinghamshire fans among you.
I’ve had my first email! From Lee Henderson, who I believe is down under. “If Jimmy can wrap this up with the help of some non-Lankys in record time(two days),” he writes, optimistically, “can we have him back for the more important Roses game on Sunday?” Ah, Lee has an agenda. It’s Lancashire v Yorkshire on Sunday in the Champo. Top v second. Promotees v Champions. Should be a belter.Continue reading...
- Mourinho appointed Manchester United manager on three-year contract
- Marina Hyde: Mourinho and Guardiola get set for a new El Crassico
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The graphics wizards at Guardian HQ have put together this club-by-club guide to José Mourinho’s career so far
More on that first press conference:
Mourinho media 'unveiling' likely to be early July, probably the week commencing July 4 when #MUFC resume first team trainingContinue reading...
Fresh from a double at the Brigadier Gerard meeting at Sandown last night, Ryan Moore is back on his hometown turf at Brighton this afternoon for four rides - three favourites and a joint-favourite. The way he is riding at the moment, a four-timer is a distinct possibility.Continue reading...
Steve Kerr, head coach of Golden State Warriors, gives his reaction after his team beat Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 in Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals. Kerr defends Stephen Curry against criticisms that he only played at 70 percent during the game. Thunder coach Billy Donovan says the team needed to finish more plays but adds they played well
Image: Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors reacts after scoring in Thursday’s game. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesContinue reading...